EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. Brief Description of item(s) A bound collection of at least 160 letters from many major figures of the time to the Manchester radical, reformer and merchant Thomas Walker (1749-1817). The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent, from A to R having once formed a pair with a second volume, now missing. They date from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries and are in reasonable condition.
2. Context The letters were sold at Bonham’s, 10 November 2009. They were at some point available to Blanchard Jerrold, who quotes some of them in extract in a publication of 1874, but have evidently been inaccessible and in private hands since.